The Disputed Notion of Sacramentality in Anglican Eucharistic Theology: Multiformity of Philosophical Assumptions

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For many Anglicans a sacramentality based on realist incarnational assumptions is at the centre of their eucharistic theology. For other Anglicans, affirming nominalist assumptions, sacramentality has a limited role. This multiformity of assumptions places sacramentality in dispute in Anglicanism. For the realist there is an inherent sacramentality or moderate realism, where signs (such as bread and wine) effectively and really convey the signified reality. For realists the bread and wine of the Eucharist are as much the carrier of Christ’s life and identity as his literal body and blood. For the nominalist there is no real link between the sign and the signified and so the issue of sacramentality is less important or completely denied. Signs for the nominalist function as reminders only of a past and completed transaction (Christ’s death at a point in history) and do not convey any present signified reality outside the enquiring mind.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 09 Aug 2017
Event2017 Congress of Societas Liturgica - Maria Theresia College - University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 07 Aug 201712 Aug 2017
http://www.societas-liturgica.org

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Conference2017 Congress of Societas Liturgica
Abbreviated titleSacramentality
CountryBelgium
CityLeuven
Period07/08/1712/08/17
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Douglas, B. (2017). The Disputed Notion of Sacramentality in Anglican Eucharistic Theology: Multiformity of Philosophical Assumptions. Paper presented at 2017 Congress of Societas Liturgica, Leuven, Belgium.
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